Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

This pretty much sums up the Christian journey. We are called to die daily to ourselves. Jesus said for any man to come after me he must deny himself and pick up his cross. We are called to lay down our lives and lay down our will. We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. To walk with and follow Jesus is to pursue Him with all our heart. Sometimes this means we will be called to lay things down for the sake of God’s kingdom.

James 3:13

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”
‭‭James‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Our conduct will reveal the depths of our hearts. If our actions don't align with our words we are simply deceiving ourselves. We are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and do all things with wisdom. But it requires that we draw near to the Lord for strength. Because left to our own strength we will fail. But in Him we will be victorious.

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18

Everything we do should be done to glorify the name of Jesus. Those who try to glorify their own names or who use the name of Jesus for their own glory are fools. When we stand before the Lord some day we will give an account of our lives and how we used the gifts and talents God gave us. For those who accomplished things for God's kingdom with wrong motives will have those things burned up. But those who served the Lord with a pure heart will receive great rewards in God's kingdom.

Psalm 143:10

“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

One of the greatest things we can ask of the Lord is to teach us to do His will. Many times we can become self-centered in our prayers. It is ugly when all we do is stand before the Lord in prayer demanding self-centered things. It is not with a pure heart and all we do is treat God like He is a genie.

But when we begin to pray and ask Him to teach us to do His will we move beyond being focused on self and we move toward being focused on God. This is where maturity happens. This is when our hearts and minds align with His.

He will always lead and guide us into all truth. He says if we lack wisdom to simply ask. We may have confusion or be ignorant of His will for our lives. All we need to do is cry out in prayer. He will lead and guide us and accomplish His will in His due time. Cry out my brother and sister. Just keep crying out and drawing near.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV

We are called to cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh.  This simply means that we remove it from our lives.  The grace of God does not give us a license to sin or live the way we desire.  The grace of God is God's unmerited favor upon our lives.  We are actually called to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit which is contradictory to the desires of the flesh.

To continue to live according to the desires of the flesh and yet call oneself a Christian is not biblical Christianity.  There are warnings about God's word about fleeing from the desires of the flesh and there is a true danger in indulging in them.  When we continue to sin when we know it is wrong and we should not is to harden our heart to the Lord.  The more we indulge in sin, the more our heart becomes hardened.

Once we have sinned we must repent immediately and continue to pursue God with all our heart.  Jesus paid an incredible price so that we could be free from the curse of sin and death.  When we claim to walk with Christ, yet continue to pursue the lust of the flesh we dishonor the sacrifice that Jesus made.  May we hold fast to God's word and His promises for our lives and know in due time, He will fulfill every promise.

Romans 14:8

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:8

Our lives should be lived for the Lord's glory. We have been created in His image and we have been saved by His grace. We are called to be living sacrifices for Him. As we seek Him and walk with Him we are transformed by His power and His grace. The more we draw near, the more we are transformed.

Philippians 1:6

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus will finish what He began in our lives. There are times when we will face discouragement. And the enemy will try to convince us that somehow the Lord has forgotten us. But God has called us to simply trust Him. He will bring His plans and purposes to pass.